Chief Commissioner's latest blog: "Do we still need Pride?"
Dr Michael Wardlow looks at the history Pride and why it is still relevant.
There is a long history to Pride. I imagine that most people outside of the community don’t know that “Pride Month” is held to commemorate an event that took place almost 50 years ago in New York.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The ‘Stonewall Riots’ served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.